This was the first time I had seen a performance featuring parallel ropes. Two parallel ropes were used in a similar fashion to the fabric performances that are probably a little more familiar to many audience members. Due to my inability to do a single pull up, I am simply amazed by the upper body strength of these performers! There were a number of talented solo pieces, tastefully offset with a few group numbers. The ensemble pieces were well performed, and as an audience you were so stunned you frequently couldn’t be sure what to look at, or who to watch.
Clay mentioned his distaste for some of the show’s soundtrack; I did not have the same musical aversion as he did. I really enjoyed that some of the music pieces were original orchestration and spoken word poetry from Philly ladies. Perhaps not the sorts of music that I would select for a long ride in the car, but I found it quite fitting for the performance.